More Christmas Fun… the Kitchen!

We’ve had more Christmas fun (and even some Hanukkah fun….more on that next week!) in our homeschool this week.  Baking and cookie prep are so fun to do together.  Here’s a sampling of some of our Christmas kitchen fun!

Peppermint candy ornaments

Peppermint candy ornaments

Peppermint Candy Ornaments

I found these cool ornaments on Pinterest, from Hello Homebody.  They are so fun and simple to make!  All you need are cookie cutters, peppermints (like Starlight mints; we just used the Walmart Great Value version), cooking spray and an oven and pan!  Basically, you spray cooking oil inside the cookie cutters, lay them in the pan (we used our stoneware jelly roll pan and added parchment paper to prevent sticking), then arrange unwrapped mints inside the cookie cutters.   Bake at 360 F for 5 minutes, then check to see if they’ve melted together.  We needed exactly 11 minutes for ours.  Don’t overbake, or they’ll look like this:

The way you don't want them to look....

The way you don’t want them to look….

and the way you DO want them to look!

and the way you DO want them to look!

When they’ve cooled a tiny bit, you can use a toothpick or skewer to form a hole in the tops so you can string a ribbon through them and hang them on the tree.  Gorgeous!

Cranberry Orange Pecan Biscotti

Biscotti dough

Biscotti dough

I am a huge biscotti fan.  They are so fun to make, and make wonderful gifts (and snacks)!  I found a recipe for biscotti with lemon, cranberries and nuts and it sounded fascinating.  But….IMO….it overspent in some calories and fats.  So I thought a little, looked in my spice cabinet and fridge, and changed things up here and there….and behold, a new recipe was born!

The finished product

The finished product

The main flavors are provided by Craisins, orange zest and toasted pecans.  They’re all noticeable but not overpowering, somewhat on the delicate side.  But it was fun to create and delicious!

And last but not least….Candied Oreos!

Oreos in cookie mold

Oreos in cookie mold

We love making candy-coated Oreos.  We have the cutest molds ever and use products from Make ‘n Mold…and Oreo….for darling Christmasy cookies.  Jackson and I do this together every year!

Holiday Oreos!

Holiday Oreos!

I hope you’re having a wonderful Christmas and Hanukkah season.  What kinds of fun are you and yours having?

Enjoy!  –Wren




3 thoughts on “More Christmas Fun… the Kitchen!

  1. Yum! Lovely to see what you’ve been up to lately dear friend. I decided that I had to start another blog today for the more in-depth sort of thoughts about faith, which’ll be about as regular as the other one has been lately! LOL! Can’t busy myself too much. 😉 Have a wonderful new year. Bless you, from Vic

    • That is fantastic news, dear Vic! I am so glad you stopped by. Heading over to follow you now.

      And I LOVE your new blog name! Hugs to you!

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